Jake Butt wins 2016 Senior CLASS Award for top senior student-athlete
Jake Butt won’t end his Michigan career with a national title, but he will end it in impressive fashion.
The All-American tight end added another national award to his résumé.
On Wednesday, Butt was selected as the 2016 Senior CLASS Award winner, which is given to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I football.
“This award means a lot — just to be nominated with these other nine finalists has been an honor,” Butt said in a release. “I really don’t think there is one winner of this award. Everyone wins by giving back to their communities and making a difference and an impact off the field, in the classroom and on the field, too.
“The real winners are the people whose lives we can make an impact on off the field.”
The Michigan captain was a fixture in the community. Butt volunteered at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, where he visits children with other U-M student-athletes on Thursday nights. Last year, he helped fulfill a Make-A-Wish request from a young boy with cancer.
On top of that, the two-time All-American is a major contributor to the #ChadTough Foundation, which supports pediatric brain tumor research in the memory of Chad Carr.
In the classroom, Butt graduated with a sociology degree this winter. He earned Academic All-B1G honors as a senior.
Butt figures to be one of the first tight ends off the board in the 2017 NFL draft. There certainly won’t be any character concerns surrounding Butt’s draft prospects.